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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Powerful performances can't save tragic, mature drama.

Movie R 2017 94 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+
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Better than most think

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Schwarzenegger and McNairy give powerful performances in this dire, downbeat drama, but the filmmaking frequently undermines them, choosing shortcuts over deeper, more soulful exploration. Inspired by a true story, Aftermath starts awkwardly with an upbeat beginning that basically guarantees -- and cheapens -- the tragedy to come. The subsequent setup for Jake is equally awkward; the first 20 minutes, taken together, show that director Elliott Lester has little feel for human behavior.

The movie feels more manipulative than it does sympathetic, topped off with an almost constant droning, moaning music score and very strange touches like a bizarre, busy wardrobe for Schwarzenegger. (In his grief, he wears a tacky sweater with what looks like geese on it.) Scene after scene consists of the actors trying to convey their inner anguish, with the director unable to do anything but remain on the surface. Admittedly, it's difficult for most of us to comprehend a tragedy this huge, but Aftermath doesn't seem to be able to manage it, either, so what's it's point?

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